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Listening to the Forgotten: Archival Research Methods in Music

A Conversation with Rosa Marquetti

March 31, 2022 | 12:30—2:00 PM EST

Join the Hemispheric Institute for a lunchtime conversation with Rosa Marquetti, one of Cuban music’s greatest historians and critics. Marquetti is the author behind the invaluable web resource Desmemoriados: Historias de la música cubana,Chano Pozo: La vida (1915-1948), the forthcoming book on Celia Cruz, Celia en Cuba (1925-1960), and dozens of other publications across the media. Marquetti will walk the audience through original research methods she has developed over a lifelong involvement with music, musicians, archives, and ephemera.

Moderated by Licia Fiol-Matta and Alexandra T. Vazquez.
Live Spanish to English translation will be provided.

Rosa Marquetti Torres
Born in Alquízar, Havana, Cuba, Rosa Marquetti Torres received a degree in philology from the University of Havana. Her professional connection with Cuban music began in 1993 as an executive at the Pablo Milanés Foundation. The Pablo Milanés Foundation was the first private Afro-descendant institutional initiative in Cuban culture, and since then it has grown, with projects in diverse domains such as the record industry, intellectual property; archival, production, consulting and musical supervision in films and documentaries; curatorship, and historiographic and musicographic research. Marquetti is the author of Chano Pozo: A Life (1915-1948),El Niño con su tres. Andrés Echevarría Callava, Niño Rivera, Desmemoriados. Histories of Cuban Music, as well as “Celia in Cuba (1925-1960)” (forthcoming). She also created and is the editor of the blog DesmemoriadosHistories of Cuban music (www.desmemoriados.com), which was founded in 2014. Marquetti has also worked at Magic Music Records, the General Society of Authors and Editors of Spain, and the Gladys Palmera Collection. Her texts and research on major events, characteristics, and figures of Cuban music have been published in specialized and general journals and magazines in Cuba, Colombia, Spain, France, and the United States. During her residency, Marquetti will be sharing work from her forthcoming book Celia en Cuba (1925-1960), focusing on the importance of NYC-based record labels in Celia Cruz’s early career.

Alexandra T. Vazquez
Alexandra T. Vazquez is Associate Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. She is the author of The Florida Room (Duke 2022) and Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke 2013, winner of the American Studies Association’s Lora Romero First Book Prize). Vazquez’s work has been featured in NPR's "Turning the Tables," American Quarterly, small axe, Social Text, Women & Performance, the JPMS, and in the edited volumes Keywords in Latina/o Studies, Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, Reggaeton, and Pop When the World Falls Apart. She is a proud graduate of the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida.

Licia Fiol-Matta
Licia Fiol-Matta grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. Prior to joining NYU, she taught at Barnard College and the City University of New York. Fiol-Matta writes on Latin American and Latinx literary and cultural studies, women’s and gender studies, and music. She is the author of A Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela Mistral (Minnesota; translation Editorial Palinodia, September 2022) and The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music (Duke; translation Editorial Callejón, forthcoming). For The Great Woman Singer, Fiol-Matta received the 2020 Modern Languages Association US Latina and Latino and Chicano and Chicana Literary and Cultural Studies Prize; the 2018 Frank Bonilla Book Award from the Puerto Rican Studies Association; and an Honorable Mention, 2018 Woody Guthrie Award of the International Association for Popular Music Studies-US.

The event will be broadcast live via Zoom.
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The live broadcast will be in Spanish.

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